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  1. Well, the majority of the crew also likely won't qualify for the vaccine. Will these vaccinated passengers take turns washing the dishes and cleaning cabins on this hypothetical sailing?
  2. I know what you mean, but personally I don't really mind carrying around my phone while on a cruise ship. I just prefer for that phone to not have any connectivity to the outside world (neither internet nor cell service). Then I rarely use it, except to help make my vacation experience better. The "outside world" still doesn't intrude.
  3. Disney also has passenger-to-passenger chat available in in the app. And there isn't an extra charge.
  4. I don't really want to be forced to pay for an alcohol drink package for my two children, at least while they are under drinking age. If RCL did go in this direction, it might make Disney Cruise Line seem reasonably priced in comparison.
  5. I had to wait almost 6 months for one of my excursions to get credited back.
  6. Delta airlines pays little to no US taxes either. The most profitable part of the company, their loyalty program, is "SkyMiles IP .. a newly formed Cayman Islands exempted company incorporated with limited liability and an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Delta." So i'm not sure it's really accurate to say that Delta Airlines is an "American Company" either, but nobody ever talks about this. They just like to point out that the cruise lines are all "foreign" companies.
  7. Yes, i'm not sure we have enough information about why the CDC wants to limit cruises to 7 days or less. B2B's may be allowed if the main reason is to make sure that the ship can get back to the embarkation port quickly in case a COVID-19 case is detected, if the CDC wants to make sure that land based COVID-19 tests are performed on passengers every 7 days, etc. I recall the "Healthy Cruising Panel" also recommended 'short' cruises. Did they say why?
  8. Various carnival brands and MSC are already sailing cruise ships in Europe. Or they were until the huge increases of infection rates on land.
  9. It’s new. It’s what they are doing for Quantum in Singapore. I assume they will be able to do the same for the other Quantum class ships, and hopefully other ships.
  10. Every 4 minutes in the MDR: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/sgp/en/faq/questions/how-is-air-circulated-and-filtered-onboard On Royal Caribbean ships, 100% fresh ocean air is continuously supplied from outside. The air is drawn from one side of the ship for cooling and ventilation, then removed via exhaust on the opposite side of the ship. This continual intake of fresh air replaces the air in any space, with a total air change up to 12 times an hour in staterooms, and about 15 changes an hour in large public spaces.
  11. Yes, here is Canada: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-canada But since Canada won't let American's visit (because of our out of control COVID-19 epidemic), I figured Mexico was a better example.
  12. Here is the CDC Risk Assessment Map: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html According to the CDC, it seems like they recommend we limit our travels to Greenland and Antarctica.
  13. The CDC also doesn't want anyone to go to Mexico: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-mexico But US Airlines will fly you there, and US based hotel chains will rent you a hotel room.
  14. This isn't really anything new... at the bottom of the notice is says: This notice was originally posted March 17, 2020.
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